STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER
Dear parents, 17th September 2021
We welcome you back to Stepping Stones after such a long time, and a big hello to lots of new little people. It is so wonderful to hear the voices of happy children back at their Preschool. This half term we will be thinking about our Favourite stories, such as Goldilocks and the three bears, The three little pigs, The Gruffalo, Prince and Princess stories, Kipper the dog, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man and any others that we fancy! During the term we will be talking about our Grandparents, National Grandparents Day, and the importance of MacMillan nursing one of the charities that we support.
Thank you so much with bearing with us the various measures that we have needed to make throughout the Covid pandemic and hope that our present routines for access and times are suitable to you all.
THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN is hugely important to us all; therefore PLEASE KEEP GATES LOCKED AT ALL TIMES AND ADHERE TO OUR NO SMOKING OR USE OF MOBILE PHONES POLICIES WITHIN OUR AREA
We value your contribution to your child’s “Learning Journey” and look forward to sharing progress and successes with you. We welcome you to the Tapestry online learning journal system, and invite you to include any comments for significant achievements at home. We will also continue with your child’s portfolio to present to you on Graduation day !!
HEALTH AND SAFETY: Please would you cut up any grapes/cherry tomatoes (or similar) that you include in packed lunches to avoid any choking hazards.
With our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, we ask that the daily drink that you provide for your child to access for themselves at any time is “water”. We also provide a choice of milk or water with each mid session snack.
We have achieved accreditation for Healthy Early Years and Healthy Movers, which we will do our utmost to upkeep.
We continue to ask that you contact us if your child is unwell, thus will be absent from the group. Please ensure that we have your most recent contact numbers, this is vitally important in case of any emergency. The most recent Covid guidelines are enclosed overleaf, to add to the leaflet ‘Taking your child to an Early Year’s Setting, information for parents’ which we have already provided.
Information for the parents of our older children:
If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31stAugust 2018, you must apply for a school place by 15th January 2022. You may do this on line at www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions
All Funding information can be found at: www.supportincornwall.org.uk/childcare or 08005878191
The last day of this half term will be 22nd October 2021, returning on 1st November
Stay safe and well!
All good wishes
Sue and the girls
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
The Delta variant appears to have slightly different symptoms:
Headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever seem to be more common.
If your child shows symptoms:
Please keep them at home and arrange to have a test. If a lateral flow test is positive then you will need to arrange for a PCR test. If a PCR test is positive then your child will be required to isolate for 10 days.
If your child comes into contact with someone who has tested positive:
From 16th August close contacts of positive cases who are children will not be required to self-isolate but will need to take a PCR test. If the PCR test returns a positive result they must self-isolate.
We would encourage all those who are advised to take a PCR test, to do so, please, in an attempt to keep us all safe
Thank you for wearing your masks into our reception area, we hope that one day, this may not be necessary!
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Dear one and all, June 2021
We are now into our second theme for the summer term, namely
“Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!” during which we will enjoy our learning in the great outdoors, in the tree house and pretend that the sand area is a beach, where we can build St Michael’s Mount, create our own waterfalls, chase our own shadows, and get messy in the mud kitchen!!
For the children leaving at the end of this term and starting school:
Your child’s Learning and Development Summary will be ready for your comments near the beginning of July. It will probably best to share these by email again; Jana will hand out a reply slip which will need your signature and comments for completion and return a.s.a.p for us to enclose in the Learning Journey, which will be presented to you before your child moves on to pastures new. We are hoping to hold a Graduation Celebration on Tuesday 20th July at 9.30am, and will provide further information about this as soon as possible. (This depends on Covid restrictions so we will cross our fingers).
We are planning something special for our Graduating children ….further details will follow on the daily easel. For those moving into Newlyn school, we hope you have an informative and successful ‘transition meeting’ during the day on 9th July 2021. For children making the move to a different school, please inform us on how we can help in any way, with transition.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: is hugely important to us all…….
Please help us to continue to keep safe by locking doors and gates, and adhering to our
sun safe procedure, a copy is displayed on the noticeboard and web site www.newlynschool.co.uk
We continue with our commitments to Healthy Early Years and Healthy Movers.ards.
** IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO 30 HOURS OF FUNDING NEXT TERM, PLEASE GIVE US YOUR CODE BY MID JULY-information can be found on www.supportincornwall.org.uk/childcare
If you have any further ideas that you would like to share with us electronically, please see our Facebook: Stepping Stones Preschool, Newlyn; email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or log onto the web site www.newlynschool.co.uk (search Stepping Stones)
Sadly we have already said a good bye to Mary this year, and we will have to say thank you and ‘au revoir’ to Tracey at the end of this term, they have helped us to support many children during years of dedication to Stepping Stones, we will miss them so much, but know that they will not be too far away from us…..and we will welcome them back at any time.
The last day of term will be Thursday 22nd July.
It has been a difficult year, but you have kept us as safe as possible, please continue to take care of yourselves. Many thanks to you all.
Sue and Co
STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER
Dear parents, April 2021
We hope you all enjoyed the Spring break, and welcome you back to Stepping Stones. This term we hope to be enjoying some lovely weather, exploring and investigating “all creatures GREAT and small” which will include, among other things, animals in the jungle and on the farm; the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, birds and creepy crawlies!
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Please help us to continue to keep safe by keeping doors and gates shut, and adhering to our
sun safe procedure, a copy is displayed on the web site www.newlynschool.co.uk
- Dress child in sensible clothes and shoes and apply sunscreen before coming to Stepping Stones. We will supply a suitable brand of at least “factor30” sunscreen and ask for your written consent if you wish us to help your child re-apply it during the day.
We have sun hats readily available for your child to wear.
Thank you to all for helping to raise £35 for Comic Relief
*** PLEASE READ OUR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW WE PLAN TO LIVE WITH THIS PERSISTANT AND VERY SCARY VIRUS: HANDS, FACE, SPACE AND FRESH AIR!
- Please continue to use the back entrance to Stepping Stones for access at midday
- Please wear a mask
- Please keep your children close to you whilst socially distancing from each other
- Keep safe and well. If you have any signs of illness please stay at home and advise us accordingly
- We are home testing twice per week, and ask our parents/carers/adults to do the same to fight against this virus
- Follow Government guidance if you have any symptoms/contact with Covid 19
Stepping Stones coloured tee shirts are available at £5.00 each; plus sweatshirts at £8.00.
Your child’s Progress
All “Learning Journey” updates have been posted to you via email with next steps for your child having been set, for this term. Thank you to many of you for your comments, which we have added to their folders, please may we remind some of you, if you have not already done this…Jana has some little forms for you to fill in..
Pupil Premium Update we are continuing to focus on our social skills, whilst promoting our commitment to healthy lifestyles and choices, including healthy eating, healthy moving and healthy tooth care. This term we will also focus on how to prepare for “transition”- the next big step in your child’s life. By now you should have received confirmation of a school placement...if you have any problems, perhaps we could help?
NB: We are closed for first aid training on 27th +28th May therefore the end of this half term will be from Wednesday 26th May, returning to Stepping Stones on Monday 7th June.
Sue and Co